I often hear people talking about following their dreams someday if they had the time, resources, support. After coaching hundreds of entrepreneurs who are pursuing their dreams, I can tell you – none of that matters. Following your dreams is not about being comfortable. It is about going for what you really want even when it is really hard. Of course some people are more comfortable with risk or are in a better place in life where they can take on more risk. On September 9, 2016, I attended the Summer 2016 Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship’s HotHouse Accelerator Demo Day where eight start-ups gave their final pitches and graduated from the program. Join me for an interview to learn more about these student startups, what it takes to be an entrepreneur, Cal Poly’s leading program, and the resources that you need to make it. Click here to listen. Featuring Special Guests: Tod Nelson, Executive Director, Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Follow CIE on Twitter. Kevin Morris, Head of Venture Pipeline, DLA Piper, a leading global business law firm Candice Conti, Communications Manager, Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the SLO Hothouse Ashley Tovar, co-founder and CEO, Gatherologie, an online marketplace to book venue space and vendors with an emphasis on weddings and making it easier to plan. Naomi Fuad, co-founder and designer, Gatherologie. Check out Gatherologie on Facebook. Gannon Daynes, co-founder and CFO, Spectrvm, a technology company that strives to the first RaveTech company in the world. Check out Spectrvm on Facebook.